Michael Owen Leaving Magpies – A Scary Thought

Alan Shearer has admitted over the weekend that the prospect of Newcastle United captain Michael Owen leaving the club in January or next summer, is a scary thought.

Alan Shearer – Owen leaving Magpies is a scary thought

Owen scored two brilliant opportunist goals in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Stoke, and that should have been enough to get our first home win since we took Aston Villa apart 2-0 on 3rd November.   😀

And of course as we all know, Michael is in the final season of his four year contract at St.  James’ Park. He’s in the same boat as another six Newcastle players – Nicky Butt, Shola Ameobi, Steve Harper, Claudio Cacapa, Mark Viduka and David Edgar – whose contracts run out in the summer.

A little nudge to the Newcastle Board – Wakey! Wakey!

We can see only Cacapa and Edgar being allowed to leave the club in January, although in terms of cover it’s probably best to keep them all through the summer, because our squad is just too small.

The £17M striker will be free to talk to other clubs from next month of course, and lots of clubs will come in for him, make no mistake about that.

Reports that he’s past it are just not true, and as we saw on Saturday there’s lots more goals to come from Michael over the next few seasons, if only he can keep fit.

Michael will be free agent in the summer, and we have no idea if Michael is thinking of moving away from Tyneside. Shearer’s comments were widely reported in the press yesterday.

Shearer told BBC Match of the Day on Saturday night:

“His contract runs out at the end of the season and he can sign for someone in January, although he can’t play for them.”

“I think it’s a scary thought to be honest, their best player in that precarious position.”

Alan is close to Michael, and he will know better than most, what Michael is really thinking, so if Alan is getting a little worried it may not point to good news on the horizon.

However, from what Michael has said, it seems he is willing to stay at the club, and let’s give him a little credit.

Since the summer the management of the club at the Board level has been an absolute disaster, and it would be hard to blame any of our players if they just wanted to get out – as soon as possible.

At least Michael doesn’t seem to be on that track – we hope so anyway.

24 comments so far

  • lesh

    Dec 8, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #1

    A little nudge to the Newcastle Board – Wakey! Wakey!???

    A bomb under their backsides’d be more appropriate. If MO ‘understands’ the club’s been at all sixes and sevens then he’s being very very generous.

    Imagine how he really feels

    C’mon Mike, he’s priceless and’d cost a fortune to replace. Get cracking, PDQ before it’s too late and he’s gone!!!!

  • Toon Graeme

    Dec 8, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Thats about all Shearer said about we on MOTD. Said more about Sunderland – well they were playing Manure.

    If the board have not started negotiations then they have not got a clue and hints at the shambles they are!

  • HeronMag

    Dec 8, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #3

    To be honest I’m completely resigned to losing Owen when his contract expires. To say I’m gutted doesn’t do it justice.

    He’s honoured his contract and I’ll wish him well. he has been completely professional throughout this entire farcical season.

    But let’s face it, if you were Michael Owen, with the club in the state that it is would you stay?

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 8, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #4

    heron mag

    i would but i support the toon but i would leave if i didnt

  • craig chisholm

    Dec 8, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #5

    we all need to face facts, our board will not and have not ever offered owen a new deal in line with his quality and value. his old deal was done through fat fred. if it had been ashley, he would never have came in the first place. owen is going and good luck to him. . he has honoured his contract and his goals to games ratio are amazing. a true world class player – our only one, leaving for free cos our board are shitheads. they put up the price of tickets and let all the top players leave and treat us like shit. i hope owen signs on a bosman for another club in jan and leaves at the end of the season, i dont want ashley to make one single penny out of him. i hate ashleys guts so much he makes me puke with rage!!

  • Spitfire

    Dec 8, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #6

    As a season ticket holder I am thinking of leaving in the summer too. So who can blame the players for going?

  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 8, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #7

    I agree you cant knock Owen he has seen out his contract and it is now time for him to move on.
    Let’s be honest in a bigger squad Owen will be fantastic but he is not strong enough to play for us week in week out. We need a hard fearless striker that is tall and strong and stays fit,failing that Nile Ranger deserves a chance and we could get some championship strikers on the cheap that want prem football and want to battle for the Toon.

  • sirjasontoon

    Dec 8, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #8

    I don’t know what Ashley’s plan is regarding contracts and transfers but he seems totally clueless to me.

    Think alot of players will want to jump off our sinking ship if they are given the chance.

  • Sav

    Dec 8, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #9

    But why, yet again, do we have two contradictory stories from senior club personnel ( in this case, JFK and club captain, MO)?
    Kinnear says he has spoken to the players’ agents and they all want to wait and see what they are offered, while Owen claims the summer negotiations were dropped before completion and have simply not been opened up since.

    Why is the club corrupted by such a culture of lying? I suspect Kinnear is hearing the Wise/Llambias/Ashley side of the story. Personally I tend to believe Owen. He has always been honest in the past. But what must he make of Kinnear’s claim? I couldn’t work in that environment, just as KK couldn’t. And like others here, if Owen walks, I don’t blame him.

  • Ganiyu

    Dec 8, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #10

    He can go atleast im sure of Xisco and oba

  • NE1

    Dec 8, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #11

    You can’t blame Owen for leaving if he does.

    His next move will be his last big pay day and his last chance of gaining some more serious silverware.

    He’s given his all for us whenver he has played and has always scored goals.

    I hope he stays on – but if not – thankyou for your (limited) service, you’re one of the best players to grace the shirt. Good luck.

  • boater

    Dec 8, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #12

    Is it the end of the world if he goes? At least we can stop worrying about his forever-imminent departure and then build a team around players that are committed to us for the for-seeable future- at least contractually. It’s the limbo which is annoying me. If he signs a pre-contract and then sees the season out – and we relegate Martins to his understudy, and force him out too in the summer I will weep.

    This press going on about other players mutiny… yeah yeah, Butt – who cares. Harper – a shame but he should be allowed to play and we have Krul coming through. Ameobi – I still rate him but there you go.

    The player I’ve been watching this season with green eyes is Jenas – if there was ever a player that we could do with now eh… a captain figure who is available for EVERY pass – scores, links up with strikers, makes runs through the middle, and clears off his own line… him and Barton would have been a decent pair… or even Dyer I would love to have him back with us – we never replaced him… and he was our key man for so many years and left as a judas figure… that’s a shame.

  • HeronMag

    Dec 8, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #13

    beyethegreat comment 4 – totally agree

    Don’t get me wrong mate, if Owen was a toon fan I would expect him to stay loyal to the cause!

    But Owen’s only got about 3-4 years left at his peak. He wants back into the England squad and wants to win trophies. It doesn’t look likely that this is going to happen at SJP.

    Unless JK and Ashley pull off some major transfer coups in January, sadly, I think he’s off 🙁

  • HeronMag

    Dec 8, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #14

    boater – I’ve got to agree about the Dyer issue. we’ve been screaming out on this blog for ages about Newcastle needing a creative midfielder.

    Personally I think if Barton is fit he could fill the holding position or a more ‘box-to-box’ role. Problem is we still haven’t got anyone in the centre of the park who can dribble or pick out that killer pass.

  • nightfall

    Dec 8, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #15

    apparenty chelsea want him…so swap him for bridge!

  • Sav

    Dec 8, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #16

    Paddy Power are taking bets on whether Newcastle United FC melts down before the global economy. Now thats scary.

  • Isaac Hunt

    Dec 8, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #17

    The team used to play to big Al’s strengths, but he should have left two years earlier. Sentimentality kept him on.

    Now we are trying to play to MO’s strengths. Sell him now Ashley and get a good night out on the proceeds.

  • Incognito

    Dec 8, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #18

    We all know that the board don’t give a toss about NUFC and it’s success. It was reported, and I believe the speculation, that the whole team were for sale last summer.

    Ashley wants every penny he can squeeze out of this team and undoubtably sees players like Owen as a cash cow.

    Further worry is that Jimenez is gone, the guy who scouted our best new aquisitions, so hopefully he left a list behind of other players he looked at.

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 8, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #19

    If the club wanted top cash for Owen, then they woulda signed him up on a proper contract earlier, then sold him for proper cash, not the pifflin’ amount we will/might get in jan!..

  • keith

    Dec 8, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #20

    Sav wouldnt worry about paddy powers, its only a wind up

  • Beletti "fine lady"

    Dec 8, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #21

    Owen Robinho jan 2009

  • wigaz

    Dec 8, 2008 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #22

    I belive Alan also said ” At the end of the first half michaels got 2 looks like he’s on for a Hatrick & they could go on to a 5-0 win, but the second half they were a shambles!” Something similar to that & truer words were never spoken! why doesn’t our managers come out & say that! Bobby used to apologise on tv when we were shat! and he also used to say the players have let the fans down! We need one of our own to kick these blokes in the arse & make them realise what it means to play for NUFC! Make Al the boss get some rich shake in give him £100m then he can go buy Carrick & make him our Skipper! A gerodie as boss & Geordie Captain? didn’t do too bad with that before did we? Please some1 buy our club & save us!!!!!!

  • brutooooon

    Dec 9, 2008 at 6:58 AM

    Comment #23

    I would prefer owen to go in January both for our team and his own personal achievement

    We depend on him too much, we wait so long for him to come back, he is an auto-selection in our team which will lead to good players(martins) to be sacrifice. He score goals, but if u do a cost-benefit analysis…Owen = cost lots, injury prone, high wages….

    On the other hand, owen should go to other big clubs:
    1) to reclaim his england spot
    2) to win trophies
    3) Last 5 years of his football career

    i hope liverpool sign him, owen and torres would be a good partnership..

  • graeme

    Dec 9, 2008 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #24

    To be honest, its no more scarey than the thought of having Shearer as the new manager!!!


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